Plastic bags polluting the environment is the reason why the government are banning bags.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered sobering statistics to media on the decision, estimating that up to five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year.

One traditional Māori weaver, Ngapera Moeahu, has weighed in, stating that it is important that the environment is looked after. 

“Te tiaki i a Papatūānuku te mea nui, te tiaki hoki i a Tangaroa me ngā tamariki katoa o Tāne Mahuta o Rangi rāua ko Papa.”

She adds that weaved baskets, are a good alternative and that in pre-European times they used to convey a plethora of items.

“Āe, tino tautoko au. 

“Ka hoki ngā mahara ki te wā e ora ana ngā mātua tūpuna i te pērā rātou, ngā kete taewa, ngā kete kumara te tiki mai mātaitai i mahi rātou ērā momo kete ki te kohi kai.”

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson supports the use of traditionally woven baskets as an alternative to plastic bags.

“He whakaaro rangatira tēnā. 

“Hoki mai ki ngā mahi ki ngā tirohanga a ngā tūpuna me ō rātou mātauranga ki te whakamana i te taiao, ō āe he tino toa tērā whakaaro.”

A consultation document has been released by the government and can be found here: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/plasticbags

The public have until September 14 to share their views.

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